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Mysty (The- Princess)

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Purred: Mon Jun 8, '09 4:05pm PST 
Mommy took me to the vet today because I have been having diarrhea. The vet thinks I have IBS . Does any other kitty have that, and what have you done to treat it?cry
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Bishop

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Purred: Mon Jun 8, '09 6:41pm PST 
My cat has had diarrhea issues for many many years. All my long time vet ever said was that he had a sensitive stomach and told me to feed him vet perscribed foods (Royal Canin Sensitivity and Medi-cal hypoallergenic). His diarrhea would always return. And after medication after medication his diarrhea would always return. In September I started the transition over to a raw food diet. He has been on mainly raw since then and his diarrhea has not returned. If I do feed him a canned food I feed him a grain free canned food.

I don`t know if this would work for your kitty as well as it did for mine and I am not sure if you are willing to give raw feeding a try but maybe try looking into a grain free canned food diet with very few extra ingredients. Keep it as simple as possible.

I hope your kitty is okaypuppykitty

Good luck!

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Shadow

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Purred: Mon Jun 8, '09 7:21pm PST 
Mysty what kind of food are you feeding right now?
If it is dry food, even Wellness, may cause the IBS.
Try switching to a grain free WET food like Wellness, no fishy flavours, and also another one is Evo cat and kitten wet.
If that doesn't work then you may have to go with one of the low carb prescription wet diet (NO DRY) (only Innovative Veterinary diets Royal Canin) this will help with mild cases of IBS.
Though going back to nature and being on a Raw diet is your best bet. Most Vets will No No the Raw idea, as most are not trained enough on feline nutrition. Alot will just give a dry prescription food and prednisone, when it can be prevented by diet alone.
Just my 2 cents.
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Mysty (The- Princess)

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Purred: Mon Jun 8, '09 9:01pm PST 
Mommy was feeding me Wellness wet and Wellness CORE dry, but she did bring home some cans that contain fish-is that bad? Could that be the problem-why?thinking
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Shadow

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Purred: Mon Jun 8, '09 10:42pm PST 
Well we know that the wellness Core dry does have herring in it. Maybe try eliminating the Wellness Core dry. Did you slowly introduce these new Wellness wet fish flavours? Or just gave it all right away?
I know that my cats eat only wet Wellness and Evo, but when I give them any of the Turkey and Salmon Wellness they sometimes get the runs. I know there is some other flavours that have crab and lobster, if you fed these it may have upset your cats tummy.
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Kaci- Sunshine - Beloved- Angel

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Purred: Mon Jun 8, '09 10:53pm PST 
Mysty, I know of several kitties with IBD/diarrhea who do very well eating Wellness grain-free canned food. You should choose the ones with no fish like Wellness chicken or turkey.

Incidentally, I have IBD with vomiting and for a long time the Wellness canned food was the only food I could eat without vomiting.
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Hunter

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Purred: Tue Jun 9, '09 8:36am PST 
Many vets say that cats have IBS/IBD without actually doing any diagnostic work-up. You can't be sure that is what you are dealing with unless you have stomach and intestinal biopsies. There are MANY reasons cats have diarrhea and/or vomiting and one can not tell why just by a physical exam alone. I suggest you ask your vet for more diagnostics and/or referral to a specialist, especially if this had been going on a while.
I disagree with Shadow that wet food alone can treat IBD. Most cats do need some form of anti-inflammatory (usually pred). IBD can eventually lead to cancer so you want to know what you are dealing with initially.
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Oscar-Teachi- ng Angels to- Love

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Purred: Tue Jun 9, '09 5:02pm PST 
I was suspicious that Oscar had IBD and the only thing that took away his diarrhea was raw food.

But like Hunter said, you can only diagnose IBD by having a procedure - it isn't invasive but they need to put a tube into her tummy to look at it.

Another reason for the diarrhea could be an allergy. Some people try grain free and raw chicken and the diarrhea remains, only to find out that kitty was allergic to chicken.

So I would ask your vet to actually TEST for IBD and allergies.
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Mysty (The- Princess)

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Purred: Wed Jun 10, '09 6:19pm PST 
well the new dry food is helping, but I won't touch the wet-it is icky and I won't eat it! BLECK!!! mommy said she may try the wellness foods without the fish to see if that will help. She did notice that my tummy isn't as big looking anymore-maybe is was swollen due to GI issues?
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Philbert

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Purred: Thu Jun 11, '09 10:48am PST 
Hey There Mysty! I'ms orry to hear about your problem. My Phi had a similar problem when I got him and all the foods I would try would give him horrible stinky gas and diarreah. I changed to a holistic vet who told me that before he did the edoscopic test for IBD he wanted me to try an "emlimination diet" for food allergies and to try and completely eliminate certain kind of things from Phils food and see how that effected him. After trying grain free foods and not working, he told me to try and eliminate protien sources form it and cats with food allergies are commonly allergic to Poultry and Beef since they are the most used meats in cat foods and therefore have the most possibility for cats to have developed allergies to. After trying turkey, quail, and duck with horrible results, it was deduced that Phil is allergic to all kind of poultry. he will simple not eat beef flavors, and our other non-allergy kitty needs to eat the same food he does, because Phil always eats her leftovers and she is EXTREMELY picky and will easily not eat all at than eat something she doesn't like.

This has left us with only fishy flavors and sometimes veal or rabbit (but the rabbit is out of our price range now :-( ) that both of the cats can eat and that give Phil solid Stools. It has taken about a year to reach this point with both of the kitties. We stay away from Tuna for the most part and try to eat the less overfarmed fish or more unique fish. Weruva has a great selection of grain free unique fish flavors, and Ive posted in the forum before a list of fish that are low in mercury and phosphates. Phil has never had crystals or urinary problems, and his last vet check was perfect blood work.

If you have some patience, an elimination diet might be a good thing to try out. you have to keep the cat on a new food for at least 6 week to see if it's really working though before trying something else (unless the food has truely aweful results right away, like duck did with Phil. he immediately had anal leakage all over the rug and everything he sat on...of course iimmediately changed his food after that!)
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